Leadwerks is a powerful yet easy-to-use game engine for building any kind of 3D game.  With a rapid development pipeline, C++ API, Lua script integration, and plenty of learning materials, Leadwerks is the perfect way to make 3D games that look and feel amazing.

  • ADVANCED GRAPHICS: Leadwerks brings AAA graphics to the masses, with hardware tessellation, geometry shaders, and a deferred renderer with up to 32x MSAA.  Our renderer redefines realtime with image quality more like a cg render than real-time games of the past.  The use of OpenGL 4.0 provides equivalent graphics to DirectX 11, with cross-platform support across operating systems.
  • BUILT ON THE INDUSTRY STANDARD: At it's heart, Leadwerks is a C++ library of functions you can call at any time, in any order.  Leadwerks uses industry-grade tools like Visual Studio and Xcode, so you'll be coding games like a pro.
  • INTEGRATED LUA SCRIPT EDITOR: We integrated Lua right into Leadwerks because of its proven track records in hundreds of AAA games including Crysis, World of Warcraft, and Garry's Mod. Lua integrates seamlessly with native code for rapid prototyping and instant control.  The built-in debugger lets you pause your game, step through code, and inspect every variable in the program in real-time.  Lua is perfect for beginners, and the integrated Just-In-Time (JIT) compiler ensures you can publish commercial games that perform blazingly fast.
  • BUILT-IN LEVEL DESIGN TOOLS: Build game levels from scratch right in our editor with constructive solid geometry.  Our tools make it easy to sketch out your design and bring your ideas to life.  Anyone can build their own game worlds in Leadwerks, without having to be an expert artist.
  • VISUAL FLOWGRAPH: Our unique visual flowgraph enables designers to set up game mechanics, build interactions, and design advanced scripted sequences, without touching a line of code.  The flowgraph system integrates seamlessly with Lua script, allowing script programmers to expose their own functions and add new possibilities for gameplay.
  • ROYALTY-FREE LICENSE: Your games you make with Leadwerks are yours.  Yours to play, yours to sell, yours to give away, or do whatever you want with.  There's no royalties to pay, ever.

Join the community at www.leadwerks.com to learn more.


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About Dangerous Rays with 3 comments by LonelyBitsGames on Apr 11th, 2014

Here is an exclusive bonus video of Dangerous Rays to thank you guys for being a lot to like the game !

This video show the daycycle and a bit of the dynamic weather system in Dangerous Rays. Please note that only the sun movement was accelerated. That's why the campfire is emitting fire the whole time. You can also see some light scattering effect. The music used is one of main menu music.

Enjoy !

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JonesAT Feb 7 2014, 12:18pm says:

Someone needs to push this one to the top!

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JonesAT Feb 3 2014, 10:28am says:

this really looks like an amazingly good engine.. would definitely buy it if i knew C++ and LUA

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cinco Jan 21 2014, 9:00pm says:

wasted code and resources. no one needs steamworks. what ******* retard doesn't know how to install a mod. idiocracy here we come. sigh...

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mrflagger12 Jan 19 2014, 10:50pm says:

i might get this engine but could i make a role play game involving mafia do i need a lot of coding knowledge

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3dslider Jan 11 2014, 4:58pm says:

Very cheap and affordable, especially for those who want to develop their favorite games and i look forward to seeing the evolution of this program and what that can bring us too :)

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Giamme Jun 17 2013, 4:54am says:

Finally some great and smart people!
I hope you gonna change things, 'cause this idea is simply amazing!
And, actually, this is something that Unity should do, but i think you will be the first guys! ^^
You have all my support.

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rstralberg Dec 1 2012, 7:55am says:

Great Indie Game Engine. Stunningly good graphics and if you know LUA and C++ its just perfect.

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LizardGamer Sep 8 2010, 7:37pm says:

I want to know what is Semi-OpenSource? I know what open source is, but not this one.

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JoshKlint Jan 11 2014, 2:27am replied:

I think it was in an article someone wrote, and they just meant it was close-source software on an open-source operating system.

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madmax2012 Jun 26 2010, 6:31am says:

amazing gfx :)

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